Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Dolce & Gabbana: Black Crayon Intense Eyeliner

Dolce & Gabbana Black Crayon Intense Eyeliner ($29.00) is an intense black eyeliner with microfine gold glitter. The eyeliner itself is double-ended with the crayon on one side and a smudging sponge brush on the opposite end.

The liner stays on about average as far as my eyes are concerned — lasts for a few hours, doesn’t fade too much as wear extends, and it certainly doesn’t disappear. It doesn’t stay pristine throughout the day, though, unless it is smudged out quite a bit and set with some powder. I liked the intensity of the black color, and the gold glitter is subtle (and surprising) enough that it can work for everyday or to glam up a look in the evening.

For the price tag, I personally would expect better wearing time–at least eight hours of no budging, smudging, or fading. It can handle about four hours, but after that, there is noticeable (though not terrible) migration and fading on the lower lash line. It does wear better on the upper lash line, because it less disturbed and prone to fine lines like the lower lash line is. Because of the glitter, I would not recommend using this on the waterline (so I didn’t).

The eyeliner was not as soft as I would like, either. It wasn’t as creamy and soft as Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liners, though still harder than Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes liners. I found mine to feel just a bit rougher than I think is necessary in a pencil, though it does allow one to get a more defined, precise line. I would suggest quickly giving it a shot of heat via your blow dryer if you have sensitive lids or find yours particularly hardened.

  • Product: 6/10
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 7/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: Unless there was a particularly unique shade amongst D&G’s eyeliners, they’re not the first product I’d recommend from the D&G line. (I’d probably recommend their lipsticks first.)

Availability: Saks

See swatch

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9 thoughts on “Dolce & Gabbana: Black Crayon Intense Eyeliner Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. amy

    The swatch of the eyeliner looks amazing and I like that it is very black and the gold glitter gives it a bit of glam and prevents it from looking to flat. It sucks that for the price tag that is not as long lasting as the lower price tag liners like UD 24/7, which I really love. Maybe if you paint Benefit’s She-laq over the liner it would last longer?

  2. Alexis

    IMO – that is waaaaay to expensive for a pencil liner. For that price, I expect it to stay on for the whole day! I’ll stick to my UD and MAC tecknakohl liners, thanks…

  3. Diabla

    Not worth the price of a black khol for a couple of gold glitters! There are better products at more affordable price, I think!

  4. LilyLollipop

    My D&G black liner without glitter was hard at first, but after using it a couple of times it became nice and soft. The colour is dark and solid, and although it does fade a bit by the end of the day, it becomes like a nice shadow line, which is perfect for not looking too made up when hanging out at home. The gold case is beautiful too. I do recommend Chanel Stylo Waterproof for longer and overnight wear.